Guess who's coming to dinner?

In this series a professor is invited to have dinner with students in a student house.

Does your student house want to invite a professor over for dinner? Please e-mail riki.janssen@maastrichtuniversity.nl for more information.

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“So what was the deal with the erotic cinema?”

“So what was the deal with the erotic cinema?”

Professor Erik Driessen arrives bearing a bottle of wine and a gift: a Raymond van Barneveld dartboard. He is in awe of the reception committee. “That I, a mere citizen, can sit at the table with the board!” Because indeed, the full board...

“What a luxury, four men cooking for me”

“What a luxury, four men cooking for me”

It takes barely five minutes for the battle for the women’s panties to come up in conversation. This weekend – counting from when this dinner took place, in late March –the underpants will be hanging from a pole smeared with grease,...

On the brain, emergency surgery and intubation

On the brain, emergency surgery and intubation

They don’t have obnoxious traditions, they’re not braggarts and, with the exception of a stray biomedical scientist, they all study medicine. Hence the fraternity name e Causa Ignota, which means ‘of unknown origin’. Or in oth...

“My oldest would have liked to come tonight”

“My oldest would have liked to come tonight”

“Wait, wasn’t my bike right here?” Your reporter looks around in surprise. It’s 10:30 pm; the dinner in the flat at the Bourgogneplein went late. All that’s left of the bike is a broken chain lock. “Is yours still ...

Kissed? That’s an understatement. “They were wrapped around one another”

Kissed? That’s an understatement. “They were wrapped around one another”

They’re wrecked, the four students from the independent sorority Schanulleke. Last night they partied the night away during the annual Chic Sat Club Night at the Mondial club in Beek. Myrthe Bovendeaard even kissed “a very nice someone&rd...

“We have a drink together every Tuesday evening. Chocomel”

“We have a drink together every Tuesday evening. Chocomel”

“Can we do anything?” Bas van de Valk asks Thara van der Borgh and Ilse van de Wijgert, who are busy in the kitchen. “No, everything’s ready, go sit down. Do you guys want a beer?” says Van de Wijgert, the host of the ev...

“Will you come and spin the wheel at De Uni?”

“Will you come and spin the wheel at De Uni?”

“This is the most culinary thing I’ve made in three years”, announces Roos Klomberg, the host of this evening’s dinner. She casts a satisfied eye over the courgette and avocado soup, tagliatelle and salmon. “And right on...

On dead mice and the tree huggers of UCM

On dead mice and the tree huggers of UCM

Loosely translated, ex aequo means “on equal terms” – and it gives a good sense of the sorority. “We don’t force new students to fetch drinks for the older students, or give them only one third of a vote when we make dec...

“You’re Italian? And here we are making pasta!”

“You’re Italian? And here we are making pasta!”

“Where do you want the prof? On the stool or a folding chair?” Tessa Geraedts holds up the options for Sara Salassa, who is hosting this evening’s dinner in her studio. The folding chair it is. The ladies are putting the finishing t...

“We go through two hundred litres every Wednesday. Write that down”

“We go through two hundred litres every Wednesday. Write that down”

“Haven’t you lit that crackling log fire yet? Guys, come on.” Halfway through the evening, with the steaks already sizzling in the pan, Marc van Gastel – known as ‘Otto’ – makes his entrance. Dressed in gym c...

“We’re not those boorish, antisocial alpha males with their hair slicked back”

“We’re not those boorish, antisocial alpha males with their hair slicked back”

“We see one another in extreme circumstances: very drunk or very emotional. We share everything, including when someone’s going through a difficult time”, Lars Vreuls is explaining when the doorbell rings around 18.30 in the student...

“So were you lured in?"

“So were you lured in?"

Jos Lemmink actually thought it would be fun to cook with the students. Not because he lacked faith in their culinary skills, but for nostalgic reasons. He once lived in a student house in Groningen, and still recalls the communal act of chopping and...

“Is the button shop still here?”

“Is the button shop still here?”

Psychiatry professor Jim van Os enters the room carrying a basket wrapped in cellophane. It contains several bottles of wine, truffle dressing, mustard, spaghetti and more. Quite a fancy gift, especially compared to what other professors typically br...

“The guys are ruined after six months. They can take their pick of the women"

“The guys are ruined after six months. They can take their pick of the women"

“You get the best piece”, says medical student Laura Oostewechel proudly as she places an enormous portion of vegetable quiche in front of Mathieu Segers, dean of University College Maastricht. “I don’t know if you’re al...

“Irritating, students who clap after a lecture”

“Irritating, students who clap after a lecture”

First, the name: why on earth would a korfball club call itself De Hippo’s? And where did that mischievous hippopotamus in the logo come from? According to president Yvonne Simons, the women who founded the club 25 years ago were not exactly sk...

“How did you go about it, tomato-wise?”

“How did you go about it, tomato-wise?”

Before the professor arrives, a discussion arises about the name of the sorority, Missdaad. Does it mean anything? Apparently not. At some point in the past there was a vote between several names and this was the winner, according to Celine Notermans...

“We don’t go looking for trouble, trouble finds us”

“We don’t go looking for trouble, trouble finds us”

Could the journalist use the loo before leaving? Of course, says a jovial Christiaan ten Broek, who first checks to see whether the toilet is safe and clean (he vacuumed the living room today, but didn’t make it to the bathroom). It’s cle...

“It’s amazing – it cuts, weighs, cooks, steams, blends and kneads”

“It’s amazing – it cuts, weighs, cooks, steams, blends and kneads”

Six people are trying in vain to squeeze into a cramped kitchen. “Let’s go sit in my room”, Mathijs Weijnen calls as he stirs a pan of risotto with peas and chorizo. His room on the first floor, with its four couches and a conspicuo...

“Have you already got your door back?”

“Have you already got your door back?”

Mariëlle Heijltjes is being treated this evening to a full three-course meal: baguette with avocado tapenade and salmon to start, pasta with shrimps for the main and Swedish coconut balls to finish. “Did you come up with all that yourself?&rdqu...

 “If only I’d bought you a broom instead of wine”

“If only I’d bought you a broom instead of wine”

“It’s too moist”, says Denise Sitters. “Not at all”, replies Nanne de Vries, professor of Health Promotion. “Just say that’s how your apple crumble is supposed to be. I like it.” Meanwhile, Wannes van L...

“Our gift to you, sir: the Most Beautiful Students Calendar”

“Our gift to you, sir: the Most Beautiful Students Calendar”

“Oh, shit, we get scored on the food?” Loek Rekko hasn’t been following this Observant series. “Darn!” He apologises: he prepared the shoulder chops, but he didn’t buy it. “Also, it’s been in the oven f...

“We practically drink in your backyard!”

“We practically drink in your backyard!”

“Ooooh how sweet!” He has barely been inside for five minutes and Martin Paul has already charmed the girls from MAX (pronounced mex), presenting them with four cups and saucers with the Maastricht skyline. “My daughter moved to Ber...

“What if your potential fraternity member doesn’t drink?” That would be difficult

“What if your potential fraternity member doesn’t drink?” That would be difficult

According to a note by the door, the doorbell to the Boschstraat 58c is broken. At the bottom of the note the occupant of 58b has written her phone number. It’s a considerate gesture. Before she picks up, however, three students with grocery ba...

“Are you into drinking and being rowdy?”

“Are you into drinking and being rowdy?”

It takes a while for Professor Maria Jansen to find her way up to the students of Lux ad Mosam, who live above their clubhouse on the Bogaardenstraat. In the three years the students have lived there, the intercom has never worked. “That’...

“The word tricycle comes to mind”

“The word tricycle comes to mind”

Two bicycles under the raised bed, chain wheels and sprockets on the wall and a row of tires under the window. Jesse Raas is obviously a cyclist. His room is the venue for this evening’s dinner with professor of Philosophy Tsjalling Swierstra a...

“Mr Van Schayck, life is no joke”

“Mr Van Schayck, life is no joke”

Tuesday evening, Bogaardenstraat 16. We’re sitting on the first floor of an apartment building where students and Maastricht locals live in harmony together. Most of the time, at least. The police were called in a few weeks ago, says psychology...

Does Lagakari have many couples, the prof asks

Does Lagakari have many couples, the prof asks

No, Angeniet Helwig didn’t spend hours cleaning her room; she did remove some beer mats with messages of kissing, cuddling and boozing from the wall. Excuse me? Yes, that is a tradition at Lagakari – we’ll come back to the cuddling ...

“Do you still enjoy life, with four women at home?”

“Do you still enjoy life, with four women at home?”

“Burgers are always good!” Sjoerd van Dijk calls from the kitchen as he does his final check: “Onions in the pan, potatoes in the oven, pasta salad, tomatoes.” Tonight’s guest – Professor Philip Vergauwen, dean of ...